Wisemen Do Not Grieve!



Wisemen Do Not Grieve!

The Bhagavad Gita II.2
Krishna to Arjuna in the middle of the battlefield before the battle:
Why has this mood come over you at this bad time, Arjuna, this cowardice unseemly to the noble, not leading to heaven, dishonorable? Do not act like a coward. It does not become you! Rid yourself of this vulgar weakness of heart, stand up, enemy burner!

You sorrow over men you should not be sorry for, and yet you speak to sage issues. The wise are not sorry for either the living or the dead. Never was there a time when I did not exist, or you, or these kings, nor shall any of us cease to exist hereafter.

There is no becoming of what did not already exist, there is no unbecoming of what does exist…

It is never born nor does it die;
Nor once that it is will it ever not be;
Unborn, unending, eternal, and ancient
It is not killed when the body is killed.

After Arjuna has listened to Krishna’s eternal wisdom that is the dialogue of the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says:
XVIII.71 & 72
… he who, filled with faith [shraddhavan, founded in wisdom knowledge] and trust, listens to this, will be released and attain to the blessed worlds of those who have acted right. Has this been heard by you, Arjuna, with a concentrated mind? Have your ignorance and delusion been destroyed?

Arjuna replies:
My delusion is gone, and by your Grace I have recovered my wits. Here I stand with no more doubts.

Translation from J.A.B. van Buitenen, The Bhagavadgita in the Mahabharata; The University of Chicago Press, 1981.


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